The Daily Digest

The next gubernatorial debate is tonight on TPT at 8pm. It focuses on senior issues.

Independence Party candidate Tom Horner pitches his jobs plan to a business group.

Democrat Mark Dayton was in Alexandria to speak to a gathering of county commissioners.

Race for Congress

A KSTP-TV/Survey USA poll shows GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann with a nine-point lead over Democrat Tarryl Clark.

The NRCC is putting Minnesota’s 1st “in play” by elevating Republican Randy Demmer to its top “Young Gun” status. The key test will be how much money is pumped into the district from D.C.

Democrat Jim Meffert’s campaign wants GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen to engage in more debates, specifically one that’s open to the public. The debates on tap are a KSTP-TV sponsored debate, an MPR debate and an Edina Chamber debate.

Former President Bill Clinton also raised money for Democrat Tarryl Clark’s campaign during his trip to Minnesota.

A new documentary by a conservative group will feature GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Under the Dome

The Pi Press reports that DFL Sen. Mee Moua lost her home to foreclosure. She owned the home with her parents.

The Minnesota Judicial Council turned down a request by the public defenders to add some minor defenses as fines.

An audit faults MnDOT for sloppy practices.

Congress

The recession has raised the nation’s poverty rate to a 15 year high.

President Obama appointed Elizabeth Warren to become a consumer rights czar. She’ll oversee a financial protection bureau.

The Senate approved a bill to help small businesses.

Ethanol subsidies are in doubt.

California is bracing for a showdown over its emissions law.

Jeff Larson, an ally to Norm Coleman, filed a Senate Ethics complaint against DFL Sen. Al Franken.

GOP Rep. John Kline attended a meeting to learn about school partnerships.

Pawlenty for Prez Watch

The Washington Post writes that the 2012 candidates are working to prepare for the Tea Party.

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